Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Bumburing looks forward to PBS standing against him in GE14

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) president Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Bumburing is looking forward to meeting Parti Bersatu Sabah’s (PBS) candidate for Tamparuli in the 14th general election.

“I hereby confirm that, by God’s grace, I will be defending the Tamparuli seat under the PCS banner in the coming general election and look forward to PBS contesting the seat,” he said, adding that PBS should respect the will of voters in Tamparuli.

Bumburing, who is the incumbent assemblyman for Tamparuli, said he strongly believed that the people of Tamparuli are politically mature, more enlightened than before.

“I will fully respect their will and wishes. Whatever it is, I will continue to be consistent with my stand on issues affecting the country and Sabah. With the call for total regime change both at State and Federal level, we, in PCS, and together with other like-minded opposition parties in Sabah, will ensure that Sabahans have what it takes to usher in a new government come GE14,” he said.

According to Bumburing, PBS is just trying to rationalize their defeat in the last election in Tamparuli in view of the upcoming election. PBS, he stressed, should respect the democratic will and rights of the people instead of struggling to find excuses for their defeat.

“The victory of the opposition in that election is not my victory but a victory of the people of Tamparuli whom I consider as very courageous in expressing their voice in spite of facing tremendous challenges from PBS and BN.

“I have won that election on behalf of the people of Tamparuli, in particular, and Sabahans, in general, despite the massive resources in terms of financial and material at the disposal of BN and PBS,” he stressed.

PBS acting president Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili should mention what are the so-called misleading promises of the opposition in that election, Bumburing said, adding that the opposition bloc had fought the election with the objective of forming a new government free of corrupt practices which had plagued the country for so long.

“Personally, I left the BN to join the opposition initially to fight the illegal immigrant issue in Sabah. It cannot be denied that BN countered my move to join the opposition by announcing the formation of the RCI. However, the people are still waiting for any positive measures taken by the government to resolve the mother of all issues in Sabah. Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan was appointed chairman of the working committee of the RCI, but he is now retiring without any outcome of the RCI or the committee that he chaired,” he pointed out.

Bumburing opined that the illegal immigrant issue will continue to be a major issue of contention in the coming election. On top of that, the people are now burdened with the immediate and more tangible issues such as the GST, the awareness on the rights of Sabah as guaranteed under the Malaysian Agreement 1963, the 1MDB scandal and corruption which involved the highest level of leadership in the government.

Maximus on Monday lined up three main reasons why the party lost the Tamparuli seat in the last general election.

“One was the lack of coordination and solidarity among Barisan Nasional members, two – overconfidence, and third – the people fell prey to the misleading promises from the opposition.

“Otherwise, Tamparuli could have been a very winnable seat for PBS,” he said when officiating the party’s N9 Tamparuli 32nd annual general meeting.

Source : theborneopost